[verb im-pawrt, -pohrt; noun im-pawrt, -pohrt]
- to bring in (merchandise, commodities, workers, etc.) from a foreign country for use, sale, processing, reexport, or services.
- to bring or introduce from one use, connection, or relation into another: foreign bodies imported into the blood; foodstuffs imported from the farm.
- to convey as meaning or implication; signify: Her words imported a change of attitude.
- to involve as a necessary circumstance; imply: Religion imports belief.
- Computers. to bring (documents, data, etc.) into one software program from another.
- Archaic. to be of consequence or importance to; concern.
- to be of consequence or importance; to matter: We are friends, and it does not import that we have only just met.
- something that is imported from abroad; an imported commodity or article.
- the act of importing or bringing in; importation, as of goods from abroad: the import of foreign cars.
- consequence or importance: matters of great import.
- meaning; implication; purport: He felt the import of her words.
Origin of import
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10. significance, sense.
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In his rounds he encountered Julian Hernandez, the persevering Bible importer.The Last Look
He knows quite as much Latin as is required, in an importer of wines.Held Fast For England
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The importer naturally is eager to sample the newly arrived coffee.All About Coffee
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- to buy or bring in (goods or services) from a foreign countryCompare export
- (tr) to bring in from an outside sourceto import foreign words into the language
- rare to signify or be significant; mean; conveyto import doom
- (often plural)
- goods (visible imports) or services (invisible imports) that are bought from foreign countries
- (as modifier)an import licence
- significance or importancea man of great import
- meaning or signification
- Canadian informal a sportsman or -woman who is not native to the country in which he or she plays
C15: from Latin importāre to carry in, from im- + portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for importer
"consequence, importance," 1580s; sense of "that which is imported" is from 1680s; both from import (v.).
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